Kirkland's wife was a member of the SD,USA. Many of the top SD members that George Meany brought in as advisors stayed on through the Kirkland era, particularly Tom Kahn as special assistant to the president and Donnie Slaiman as of head of organizing. Because John Sweeney won the presidency of the AFL-CIO from Thomas Donahue, the Left wanted to see this as a struggle between DSA to which Sweeney belonged and the SD,USA to which Donahue and his wife Rachelle Horowitz belonged. Nothing could be further from the truth, Sweeney appeared at a great many more SD,USA functions than DSA ones after the election. Tom Kahn became ill and died and Slaiman who was in his 70's retired. Sweeney allowed the SD to keep its national office in the AFL-CIO building for two years. There were simply too many retirements and defections from SD for a Washington office to work.
USWA president, Leo Gerard, I know not your favorite guy, has promised the use of some if his speeches to the NDP for use in our publication Torch and Rose. As a out spoken social democrat we now have an ally on the AFL-CIO Executive Council again. Certainly had we launched our revival effort earlier Sweeney would like have been very helpful, Jack was nice enough to point me out as the director of the Social Democrats,USA-Socialist Party, USA at a retirement reception / party held in his honor at the AFL-CIO national convention.
What is more important than contacts with the national Labor leadership to me, is the active participation of local Labor activists like my friend and comrade Terry Havener who is working with us on the Red Labor pavilion and workers memorial monument here in Johnstown. See: http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x124777447/-It-needed-to-be-done.
In Solidarity, Gabriel McCloskey-Ross, directer Social Democrats, USA-Socialist Party, USA
I would much rather discuss how to get real trade unionists involved in consciousness raising activities than debate the Russian Revolution or the PA Fictitious Names Act. It is a sign of where the Left is, that so few care that first structure in the U.S. on public land that will be associated with socialism is so much less interesting than ideological squabbles. Sad!
Its early yet to talk about the disappointment of the century. I never had much faith in Obama himself. Then, I don't subscribe to the great leader theory of history. We did think the coalition that elected Obama would stay together and push him in a progressive direction. No such luck. Looking back on it, I certainly am glad the SD,USA-SP,USA also endorsed Brian Moore as the guy would like to see win, but had no shot. We maintained our socialist bona fides.
So, now the question becomes what are you Alan Maki, going to do to help us see that the DP dumps Obama in 2012?
In Solidarity, Gabe